Pirmin Bertle has made the first ascent of what could be the hardest route in Latin America, Le vent nous portera, 9a+, 3600m above the sea at Socaire, Chile.
Contrary to most routes of this difficulty it's not very steep, just between slightly slabby and slightly overhanging. Quite unsurprisingly it seems very technical with tiny holds and almost nothing for the feet.
The route might be among the most aesthetic high end lines in the world. Both regarding the movements and the optical aspects. 30m high on perfect volcano rock with tiny pockets, highly technical, super precise climbing, plenty of different colours and a final 8B crux after more than 50 moves including a beautiful opening boulder and an 8b+ slab, linked to the crux by only a bad rest.
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